St. Bonaventure greats Fred Crawford and Dana Mitchell will be honored as Atlantic 10 Legends at the Conference's respective Men's and Women's Basketball Championships this March, the A-10 announced.
Each of the Atlantic 10 institutions selected its two Legends. The group consists of former student-athletes and coaches who played or coached basketball at current A-10 member institutions. The 2014 class includes 26 former men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches who made an immeasurable impact on each A-10 institution and their respective basketball programs.
“It is a pleasure and honor to welcome and congratulate the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Legends,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “They have distinguished themselves as leaders who have contributed greatly to their University and the A-10 in building the foundation of a great basketball tradition. It is my wish that each of them enjoy this award, as it is an honor well deserved!”
Crawford, who graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1964, is currently seventh on St. Bonaventure’s all-time scoring list with 1,738 points. Over his three seasons, he averaged 22.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. His first season of 1960-61, Crawford helped St. Bonaventure to its first NCAA Tournament appearance and a record of 24-4. As a senior in 1963-64, the 6-foot-4 Crawford tallied a remarkable 631 points – an average of 26.3 per game. The Crawford-led teams helped to propel St. Bonaventure to national prominence. Crawford went on to play in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Buffalo Braves and Philadelphia 76ers. He was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1970 and his uniform #54 is retired. Last weekend, a new mural saluting Crawford and his accomplishments was unveiled inside the Reilly Center.
Mitchell, who graduated in 2010, is the only St. Bonaventure women’s basketball player to have her number (#5) retired. A three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection, she ranks in the top five in 12 different statistical categories in the St. Bonaventure record books. The Bonnies won 18 games in Mitchell’s sophomore campaign, then set a school record with 23 wins her junior season, reaching the postseason for the first time in program history. In the 2009 WNIT, Mitchell led the Bonnies to wins over West Virginia and Wisconsin before they fell to South Florida in the semifinals. St. Bonaventure reached the WNIT’s second round in 2010 and again posted 23 wins. Mitchell scored 2,011 points over her career, which ranks second all-time in St. Bonaventure history. She led the Bonnies in scoring each of her four seasons, and her 121 games scoring in double figures is the school record. She is the only Bonnies player to reach at least 2,000 points and 700 rebounds.
The Women’s Basketball Legends will be recognized with a
brunch on Friday, March 7, prior to the A-10 Championship
quarterfinals. The event will take place at the Richmond
Marriot beginning at 10 a.m.
The Men’s Basketball Legends will be honored on March 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., prior to the 2014 Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals. The group will be saluted during a celebration awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 10:30 a.m. prior to the A-10 men’s semifinal games.
A limited number of brunch tickets are available to the general public. For more information please contact the Atlantic 10 Conference at 757-706-3041. For information on tickets to either A-10 Basketball Championship, contact the SBU Ticket Office at (716) 375-2500 or visit sbu.edu/tickets.